Millions of people all over the world are embracing the fact they will to be working from home for the first time this week due to the coronavirus pandemic. For others, this is their normal and are well used to working from home.
Close to 2 million people work from home every day, and it’s becoming more popular all the time.
So if you’re not in self-isolation, but following the governments advice, you are now working from home, what’s the top hacks to tick off those tasks efficiently whilst maintaining good mental health?
1. Get your shirt and chinos on.
For some of us, the prospect of lazing around in your pjs all day is the most luring component of home working. However, the science and facts tell us that a shower and getting dressed will not only facilitate a better state of mind, it will also psychologically kickstart your working day.
Whether you need to wear branded clothing for zoom calls or a certain style of business attire depends on your personality and the nature of the job you have. It may be helpful to dress formally if you need to dial into a video call at the last minute.
2. Create routine
If your employer has allowed you to work from home, you’ll most definitely have approximate working hours, it’s crucial to maintian these when you’re home working. Be prepared to keep the same routine as you would normally. Get set up in your kitchen table, and ‘clock off’ each day at the same time.
Em Sheldon, a freelance copywriter writer, advises us to implement a routine when home working. She goes onto to say “going to bed at a reasonable hour so that you get enough sleep and then wake up at your usual time.
I also find things like booking in a workout or getting my gym kit ready means I have to get up and go,” she says. “Once you do something over and over, it becomes a habit, so the first week may be challenging but eventually it becomes part of your routine.”
At the end of a working day, it’s best to switch off your computer and tidy away papers and other items. Space allowing, set aside a specific, separate area in your home where you can set yourself up – ideally with a properly adjusted desk and chair, similar to your workplace.
The NHS advice is that you should adjust your chair so you can use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor.
3. Get out and about (if you’re not self-isolating or quarantined)
Just because you are working from home doesn’t exclude you from embracing your one period of exercise per day as stated within the government guidelines. Dust off the trainers, embrace the great outdoors and fill your lungs with fresh air. A change of scenery often helps remove mental blocks and gives us a different perspective on challenging tasks.
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